Breast reduction surgery is a procedure performed to help women with overly large breasts live a better life. The procedure is recommended for women of different ages who suffer physically or emotionally due to the large size of their breasts. In a vast majority of cases, the procedure is not performed for purely aesthetic reasons but also to alleviate the daily discomfort that is associated with huge breasts.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can last up to three hours or more, depending on the amount of tissue to be removed and the complexity of each case. To prepare for the intervention, the patient is advised to do certain things such as:
– Quit smoking
A cessation of smoking at least three weeks pre- and post-op is mandatory before breast reduction surgery. The intervention entails significant incisions that can take a longer time to heal if the patient doesn’t stop smoking. It is a well-known fact that smoking doesn’t allow for proper blood oxygenation and this can, in turn, delay the healing of the tissues that were injured during breast reduction surgery.
– Stop taking birth control pills
To be an eligible candidate for the breast reduction procedure, you should be able to stop treatment with birth control pills a month before the intervention. However, keep in mind that other birth control methods should be used to avoid pregnancy before surgery. The patient can resume the treatment after the procedure or according to the recommendations of the doctor.
– Prepare your family and friends for your return from the hospital
While undergoing breast reduction surgery is a very personal decision that should be taken by the patient alone, it is important to give a heads-up to the family and friends about the surgery. You will need someone to drive you to and from the medical facility as you won’t be able to drive after the intervention. Moreover, the plastic surgeon will advise you to have someone spend the night at your place after the intervention, just to make sure no complications occur.
Aside from these, you should know that for a few days after breast reduction surgery, you might not feel like yourself and you will also not be able to do the daily chores. Your family should know about this so they could get involved and help.
– Prepare your house for the recovery period
Many patients would say that the first two weeks of recovery was the difficult part of undergoing the procedure and not the operation itself. The recovery period can be easier if the patient has prepared the house beforehand. This means that you should get food, drinks, and entertainment for recovery before going to the hospital.
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